FeBREWary Returns to Maryland

Month-long event will celebrate Maryland’s craft beers

BALTIMORE, MD (January 24, 2017) – In celebration of Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month in February, Governor Larry Hogan will once again issue a proclamation and offer an official toast on February 3 to kick off FeBREWary. Breweries across Maryland are joining together to host special love-themed events, launch new beers, and offer unique culinary pairings. FeBREWary is held annually as a partnership between the Brewers Association of Maryland and the Maryland Office of Tourism, a division of the Maryland Department of Commerce.

“FeBREWary is the perfect time to plan a getaway in Maryland and sample the best of our state’s craft beers,” said Governor Hogan. "All month long, breweries from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore will be open for business so that residents and visitors alike can fall in love with a new brewery or style of beer, or enjoy an old local favorite."

A new addition this year will include several Maryland breweries participating in the Cupid’s Curse Challenge - a unique secret beer release. In addition to events, beer launches and food pairings, several hotel packages are being offered with amenities including transportation to and from breweries, pint glasses, and six-packs of local craft beer. The month-long celebration will help fuel Maryland’s economy by attracting visitors, which leads to increased hotel bookings and spending at restaurants and breweries throughout the state.

“With the celebration of FeBREWary, Maryland craft beer lovers have an even greater occasion to try new specialty brews from our 50-plus craft producers,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director, Brewers Association of Maryland.

Visitors are encouraged to share their FeBREWary and Cupid’s Curse Challenge experiences on social media using the hashtags #MDfeBREWary, #MDBeerLovers and #CupidsCurseMD.

For more information on FeBREWary, visit http://visitmaryland.org/article/febrewary-maryland or call 1-800-719-5900.

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About Maryland Tourism  
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $16.8 billion on travel-related expenses in 2015. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.3 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 143,000 jobs with a payroll of $5.7 billion. For more information: visitmaryland.org

About Brewers Association of Maryland
The Maryland brewing industry dates back to colonial times and today, is one of the fastest growing segments of the craft beverage economy. The Brewers Association of Maryland, founded in 1996 is a non-profit, member based, trade association representing more than 70 breweries across the state. The mission of BAM is to grow, promote and protect the Maryland craft beer industry through marketing, advocacy & education. BAM is represented by the management group, Grow & Fortify. For more information, please visit www.marylandbeer.org.